Power of the Primes Beachcomber

Power of the Primes Beachcomber

Wave one of the Power of the Primes Legends continues with Beachcomber.

Beachcomber in package

The Card

Beachcomber card front

My version of Beachcomber came with a card for the Megatronus combination.

Beachcomber card back

The Robot

Like Windcharger, Beachcomber looks like he just stepped out of the original cartoon.

Beachcomber robot mode

The Dune Buggy

The dune buggy looks great too, I especially like the silver engines on the back.

Beachcomber vehicle mode

Two flaws that I have to mention, there is a large gap in the back of the vehicle mode where the head is stored and the torso does not lock securely in place so it is easy to accidentally compact it.

Beachcomber vehicle mode rear

Prime Master Integration

To access the cockpit you flip up the back of the roll-bar.

Beachcomber Prime Master

The Comparison

PotP Beachcomber is a big improvement over the, much smaller, Universe/Henkei version.

Beachcomber comparison robot

The previous mold is clearly from the “updated design” phase of the Classics/Generations line and looks nothing like what we saw in the cartoon.

Beachcomber comparison vehicle

Power of the Primes Windcharger

Power of the Primes Windcharger

We’ve had several Windcharger updates over the years but this is the first version that really reflects the G1 design.

Windcharger in package

The Card

Windcharger card

My version of Windcharger came with a card for Alchemist Prime.

Windcharger card Alchemist

The Robot

If I had to pick one nit with this version of Windcharger would be how the windows are attached to his forearms, they just feel out of place. Other than that it looks like it stepped right out of the original cartoon.

Windcharger robot mode

The Car

The car mode is straight out of the cartoon as well.

Windcharger vehicle mode

Prime Master Integration

The Prime Master integration is clearly an afterthought with this figure and requires you to partially transform the back half of the car in order to access the cockpit.

Windcharger Prime Master

The Comparison

While I still love the Reveal the Shield/United Windcharger mold, this version captures the character far better.

Windcharger comparison robot mode

Even the vehicle mode is more G1 than my United Windcharger.

Windcharger comparison vehicle mode

Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime

Masterpiece Shattered Glass Optimus Prime

I finally caved in and got a second version of the MP-10 mold During Big Bad Toy Store’s Black Friday sale Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime box open

The Robot

I like how this mold can store the rifle in the robot’s back hump but, it seems to me, that this version of Prime would be a “shoot first” kind of bot.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime robotSubjugation is the destiny of all sentient beings!

The Truck

I was surprised to find out that this includes the trailer, I initially expected it to be more like MP-10B which does not. I don’t mind either way since I don’t have enough room to display the trailer so it will live in the box.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime truck

The Origin

Originally introduced for Botcon 2008, Shattered Glass is a “Mirror Mirror” version of the Transformers populated with Heroic Decepticons and Evil Autobots. The concept returned with figures in several other Botcons, the Subscription Service and an e-Hobby exclusive before becoming a Masterpiece.

The Original

Well, sort of, here is Shattered Glass Optimus Prime with Hasbro’s version of MP-10 – Not-Broken Glass Optimus Prime.

Shattered Glass Optimus Prime with G1

The only thing that I dislike about this purchase is how much I now want a copy of MP-10B Black Convoy, aka Nemesis Prime. I’ve been leaning towards it ever since I realized how bare my Masterpiece Decepticon shelf would be without third-party support. But, now that I’ve gotten a taste of evil Optimus Prime, it seems wrong not to have the full trio.

Titans Return Brainstorm

Titans Return Brainstorm

Due to a very brief appearance on clearance, I was able to grab myself a new copy of Brainstorm from Walgreens.

Brainstorm in package

The Robot

Brainstorm wears this mold well, the white, grey and teal are very striking. Like with Nautica, the shoulder mounted wings really help to break up the Blurr outline.

Brainstorm robot mode

The Titan Master

Teslor is a simple repaint of the Blurr Titan Master with a new backpack.

Teslor robot mode

The Space Jet

The most noticeable difference with this version compared to G1 or the Generations Voyager is the single tail-fin necessitated by sharing Blur’s transformation engineering. The second biggest difference is the fact that the robot arms lay flat along the sides of the jet instead of doubling up under the wings – this worked OK on the G1 version but was a bit awkward on the Voyager so I don’t mind the change.

Brainstorm jet mode

The Mold

Blurr mold robot mode
I’m quite fond of the Blurr mold and now have all four versions along with Nautica and Arcee. I’m even considering picking up the soon to be re-released Legends version of Blurr that I missed the first time around.

Blurr mold vehicle mode

As you can see from the photos Brainstorm and Arcee got the most remolding with new shields, spoilers and shoulders while Nautica simply got snap-on wings.

Walgreens Exclusive?

I still find it totally bizarre that Walgreens, of all places, has exclusive Transformers. The reason I caught this deal was that I’ve been watching the site closely hoping for this year’s Walgreens exclusive, the Clone two pack, to reappear online.

Brainstorm was released in the US as an exclusive twice, also appearing in the Titan Force box set at SDCC and later Hasbro Toy Shop  in a lighter, more anime inspired, deco.

Price Roller Coaster

When originally released, Brainstorm was $17.99 on the Walgreens site. At the beginning of November, it was marked as “clearance” and the price on the listing dropped to $11.09 – unfortunately this price was not honored when adding it to the cart where it still came up at regular price. That was during the “good old days” when the Clones were still listed on their site.

Brainstorm Clearance listing
It didn’t take long for the clearance label to be dropped and, at the same time, the price went up to $19.99. Over Cyber Weekend, when I got this one, it went on clearance for real and the price dropped to $8.59.
Brainstorm Clearance for real this time
That didn’t last long either and the price went up to $14.99 where it remains as of this writing.
Brainstorm Clearance Take 3

Pricing Update

The proverbial ink on this post was barely dry when I checked Walgreens site for the clones and found this:

Brainstorm Clearance Take 4
Back up to $19.99, and no clones.

Power of the Primes Swoop

Power of the Primes Swoop

Finally, my favorite Dinobot has been updated and is here at Junkion HQ!

Swoop on card

The Card

Like previous lines, deluxes and above come with trading cards.

Swoop card front

Unlike other lines, there are twelve different cards for each figure, one representing that character’s power when combined with each of the Prime Masters. My version of Swoop came with a card for Nexus Prime.

Swoop card back

The Robot

My only complaint is that I would have preferred the red-chested Swoop as shown on the card based on my established preference for toy-inspired decos for toys based on toys I owned as a youth.

Swoop robot mode

Bonus shot – Predacon wing mode, just what I was hoping for.

Swoop robot mode wings

Armor mode – aka Swoop with a black box on his chest.

Swoop robot armor

The Dinosaur

Swoop in Pteranodon mode.

Swoop dino mode

Here he is perched upright.

Swoop dino mode wings

And with the BFH mounted, which much make flying so much easier.

Swoop dino mode with armor

Prime Master Integration

Here is Vector Swoop, enhanced with the power to vectorize the enemy, or something, my card doesn’t say.

Swoop robot mode armor

Prime Master Vector Prime in weapon mode which comes in handy since Swoop only comes with a sword.

Swoop robot mode Prime Master

With Slug

Swoop joins Slug in my growing PotP Dinobot collection.

Swoop robot mode with Slug

Here they are together in dino mode.

Swoop dino mode with Slug

Power of the Primes Slug

Power of the Primes Slug

Finally, updated Dinobots have arrived at Junkion HQ!

Slug on cardDon’t call him by that old name, he’s the sensitive Dinobot

The Card

Like previous lines, deluxes and above come with trading cards.

Slug card

Unlike other lines, there are twelve different cards for each figure, one representing that character’s power when combined with each of the Prime Masters. My version of Slug came with a card for Amalgamous Prime.

Slug card back

The Robot

There’s no question that this is the Dinobot Sla… Slug.

Slug robot mode

The BFH posts into Slug’s lower jaw, I’m still not impressed with this feature.

Slug robot armor

The Dinosaur

Again, an instantly recognizable Dinobot!

Slug dino mode

The BFH works a little better in dino mode even though it lacks any real function. The spikes are nice though.

Slug dino mode bfh

Prime Master Integration

Here is Micronus Slag, an integration which empowers him to, uh, I don’t know. That was one of the 11 cards I didn’t get.

Slug robot mode Prime Master

Prime Master Micronus in weapon mode to give Slag some extra firepower.

Slug robot mode Prime Master

Just what we need, a more dangerous Dinobot.

Slug dino mode Prime Master

Next up… SWOOP!

Power of the Primes Dreadwind

Power of the Primes Dreadwind

Representatives of wave one of the Power of the Prime deluxes has arrived at Junkion HQ.

Dreadwind on card

The Card

Like previous lines, deluxes and above come with trading cards.

Dreadwind card

Unlike other lines, there are twelve different cards for each figure, one representing that character’s power when combined with each of the Prime Masters. My version of Dreadwind came with a card for Onyx Prime.

Dreadwind card back

The Robot

Since this is really a retool of Combiner Wars Skydive, the transformation does not feature the jet nose on the robot’s chest like the G1 version did. Besides that, this is a pretty nice looking interpretation.

Dreadwind robot mode

I can’t say that I really like how the chest armor looks on the deluxes in this line.

Dreadwind robot armor

There are two ways to mount the chest armor, locking it on with the tabs on the thumbs or using the port hidden under a door in Dreadwind’s chest.

Dreadwind robot chest port

The Jet

The jet mode is a bit more stubby than the original, but still a nice looking jet.

Dreadwind jet mode

The Hand

Each deluxe comes with a combiner hand that also doubles as chest armor.

Dreadwind BFH

Unlike Combiner Wars, the combiner hands do not really work as weapons.

Dreadwind BFH

The Powermaster

One great thing about the hand is that it can be used to replicate the G1 Powermaster feature.

Dreadwind powermaster

Prime Master Integration

While I still don’t like the chest armor, it does look a little better with a Prime Master in place of the included plug.

Dreadwind robot powered up

Dreadwind also matches well with Liege Maximo in weapon mode.

Dreadwind with Prime Master

Overlord Powermaster

As recommended by Zircor on the TFW2005 forums, the filler plugs fit into Overlord’s chest perfectly.

Overlord with Prime Master plug

Since it fits flush you can close the chest doors completely with the plug in place.

Overlord with Prime Master plug - close

Prime Masters

Prime Masters

Wave one of the Power of the Primes Prime Masters has arrived at Junkion HQ!

Prime Masters wave 1

Unlike Titan Masters, the backpack for these figures is an abstract symbol that represents each Prime.

Prime Masters transformed

I love the fact that the Prime Master’s face fills the Decoy armor helmet like a Brainmaster.

Prime Master faces

Liege Maximo

Liege Maximo

Liege Maximo comes with Skullgrin as his Decoy armor.

Liege Maximo decoy mode

The Skullgrin Decoy armor transforms into a claw arm weapon.

Liege Maximo weapon mode

Micronus

Micronus

Micronus Comes with Cloudburst as his Decoy armor.

Micronus decoy mode

The Cloudburst Decoy armor transforms into a double barrel cannon.

Micronus weapon mode

Vector Prime

Vector Prime

Vector Prime comes with Metalhawk as his Decoy armor.

Vector Prime decoy mode

The Metalhawk Decoy armor transforms into a single barrel cannon.

Vector Prime weapon mode

Metalhawk – the Reunion

Metalhawk reunited

When reunited with the Professor Go Titan Master from the Siege on Cybertron box set we now have a, nearly, complete Metalhawk (granted the inner bot now transforms into a head instead of a jet, but still).

Metalhawk confusedI feel funny

Transformers Collectors’ Club

Transformers Collectors’ Club

In the the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to pause and remember the Transformers Collectors’ Club.

I was a member from the start to the finish and always looked forward to the annual membership exclusive figure.

Inspiration

Tomorrow will see the final mark-down in the closing sale of the TFCC store with everything dropping to 90% off. I’ve been following the thread on TFW2005 and some of the conversations there got me thinking about how much I’ll miss the Club. I’ve made three purchases from the clearance sale so far, only two of which have arrived, and expect to make one final purchase tomorrow.

Machine Wars StarscreamPurchase #1 – Machine Wars Starscream, formerly attendees-only.

Botcon ZaptrapPurchase #2 – Diaclone Zaptrap with Spy-Eye and Beet-Chit.

While preparing this article, I took a look at my collection and realized just how many Fun Publications figures are still prominently displayed.

The Beginning

For me, it all started with Nexus Maximus and the translucent member exclusive figures that populated the first five years of the club. Here are Topspin and Breakaway from years 4 and 3 respectively.

TFCC CombinersThe other three members may be referred to as Bots-Not-Appearing-in-This-Blog.

2007

The only Botcon that I was able to attend was the 2007 convention in Providence Rhode Island and it made a lasting impact. Not only was it the perfect theme for me with it’s continuation of Classics but it was close to home and allowed me to attend the premiere of the first Transformers live-action movie. Here are Dreadwind, Thrust, Thundercracker and Bugbite from that year’s set.

Botcon 2007Still my favorite, toy-accurate, version of Thrust.

Seekers

The Classics Seeker mold is still a favorite of mine. It was also a favorite of the club; not only did we get Thundercracker and Thrust years early, we also got the More Than Meets The Eye Rainmakers (Bitstream, Hotlink and Sunstorm), G2 Ramjet and Japanese G1 catalog inspired Nacelle!

Club SeekerThere is no other official mold with as many different versions available.

G2

Generation 2 was a weird time in the franchise that not only spawned some neon repaints but also introduced modern levels of articulation. Botcon 2010 featured the Generation 2: Redux box set. Here we have Ramjet (not technically from Botcon but still G2), Rapido, Spark (rear), Streetstar and Breakdown.

Club G2

Diaclone

Botcon 2013 brought us several Diaclone figures including Lift-Ticket and Zaptrap (with Spy-Eye and Beet-Chit) and the Waruder set (not pictured).

Club Diaclone

Club Exclusives

TFCC Punch

Punch took a mold that I already loved, Sideswipe/Sunstreaker, and cleverly updated the double-robot-moded G1 spy.

TFCC Counterpunch

Side Burn from 2011 took another mold that I liked and gave it a new bluer life.

Side Burn

Subscription Service

I was very disappointed when the Reveal the Shield Demolition Rumble was cancelled and I’ve wanted to pick up the United UN-20 Rumble & Frenzy set for years but never pulled the trigger. The Club Subscription Service gave me an opportunity to finally own this mold when they released it as Rewind & Eject as part of Series 2.

TFSS Eject & Rewind

Based on an early prototype of Thrust from a G1 Japanese catalog, Nacelle gave me another opportunity to get the Botcon Thrust mold.

TFSS Nacelle

The Masterpiece

As mentioned in a previous post, one of their last exclusives (and the only Masterpiece figure that they released) was a Marvel Comics inspired repaint of the Ratbat mold, the only time this mold has been officially available in the US.

Marvel RatbatI should be in charge!

Shattered Glass

Probably the biggest thing the Club and Botcon added to Transformers lore was Shattered Glass, Transformers’ own “Mirror Mirror” evil doppelgangers. Not only was this revisited by the Club several times, there is even an official Masterpiece version of Shattered Glass Optimus Prime. Here we have heroic Decepticons Treadshot and Ravage.

Club Shattered Glass

Other Botcon Stragglers

Turbomaster (aka Scorch) and Spinister have also managed to remain on display over the years.

Scorch with Spinister

The Vitriol

Anyone who’s spent any time in any TFCC-related thread on the TFW2005 boards knows that there is a certain portion of the fandom that simply cannot help themselves but to express their deep hatred of the Club and their glee that it is no longer around. I will never be one of them. I feel that the end of the Club and Botcon is a huge loss for Transformers collectors and, I fear, we are unlikely to ever see the same breadth of obscure characters again.

TFC Toys Trinity Force Red Knight

Red Knight, the second member of TFC Toys’ Trinity Force not-Road Caesar has arrived at Junkion HQ.

Red Knight with Raging Bull

The Box

Red Knight box

Like Raging Bull, Red Knight comes in the same fantastic retro box inspired by the Road Caesar packaging.

Red Knight box contents

The box contents are much the same, except that the clear plastic parts in both the spare set of headlights and the vehicle mode tail lights come pre-installed instead of as separate pieces like with Raging Bull.

The Brain

Red Knight Brainmaster

No changes here, the Brainmaster is still absurdly small, I didn’t even try to install it and immediately installed the spare head.

The Bot

Red Knight bot mode

Since they share the same engineering, there are still parts mounted on poles that need to be awkwardly twisted and spun during transformation. However, there does seem to be some fine tuning done since the previous release. The sides of the hood now lock into place on the robot back so they don’t shift around like the ones on Raging Bull. Also, the toes have a new transformation that is far more intuitive than Raging Bull’s which have to be very precisely moved into place during transformation.

The Car

Red Knight car mode

Like Raging Bull, the car mode is pure Masterpiece with the single exception of the fact that Red Knight is #23 for some reason where Braver was #3. One word of warning; the side mirrors do not appear to lock into place and will probably require a spot of glue if you don’t want to loose them.

Red Knight with Raging Bull car mode

The Combiner

I am looking forward to the release of Wildhunter, the final member of this team, so that I can try out the full combined mode. Since, the foot components come with Wildhunter, I can’t even really try out the leg mode on these quite yet. For now, we’ll have to just live with the combined sword (BFS?).

Red Knight BFS